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The Cape Peninsula, False Bay (top) and Table Bay,with Robben Island (right), from space, February 1995. South-west is at the top of the image.
The Cape Peninsula, False Bay (top) and Table Bay,with Robben Island (right), from space, February 1995. South-west is at the top of the image.

False Bay (Afrikaans Valsbaai) is a body of water defined by the Cape Peninsula (the finger-like projection on the right in the accompanying satellite image) and Cape Hangklip (Dutch/Afrikaans for "Hang-stone") to the left (east). The rugged Hangklip is shown in the photograph to the left and below. Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope are very close to each other on the other side of the bay, at the extreme southern tip (top) of the Cape Peninsula. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (639x639, 133 KB)Cape Town, False Bay (top) and Table Bay (right), South Africa - February 1995 image description here File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (639x639, 133 KB)Cape Town, False Bay (top) and Table Bay (right), South Africa - February 1995 image description here File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Prison buildings on Robben Island. ... Afrikaans is a West Germanic language mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia. ... The Cape Peninsula, also known as the Peninsula of the Cape of Good Hope, is a 75 km peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. ... Look up Wiktionary:Swadesh lists for Afrikaans and Dutch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Cape Point. ... The Cape of Good Hope; looking towards the west, from the coastal cliffs above Cape Point. ...


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Description and Location

The eastern and western shores of the bay are very rocky and even mountainous; in places large cliffs plunge into deep water. The northern shore, however, is defined by a very long, curving, sandy beach. This sandy, northern perimeter of the bay is the start of the area known as the Cape Flats; one can see the large expanses of wind-blown sand in the photograph. The bay is 30 kilometres wide at its widest point. Landsat image of Cape Town and environs, looking roughly east. ...


Some 20 kilometres across the Cape Flats one can see a smaller, C-shaped bay - Table Bay - with Robben Island guarding its entrance. The central districts of Cape Town lie around Table Bay; one can see the dark, semi-circular amphitheatre created by Devil's Peak, Table Mountain, Lion's Head and Signal Hill. Suburbs of Greater Cape Town now stretch (inter alia) right across the Cape Flats to the shores of False Bay and down the eastern flank of the Cape Peninsula for many kilometres. Cape Town, False Bay (top) and Table Bay (right) from space, February 1995. ... Prison buildings on Robben Island. ... City motto: Spes Bona (Latin: Good Hope) Location of the City of Cape Town in Western Cape Province Province Western Cape Mayor Helen Zille Area  - % water 2,499 km² N/A Population  - Total (2004)  - Density Not ranked 2,893,251 1,158/km² Established 1652 Time zone SAST (UTC+2... Devils Peak and Table Mountain from roughly the north. ... Table Mountain is a mountain in the Western Cape, South Africa, overlooking the greater Cape Town area. ... Lions Head from Cape Town. ... Signal Hill is a famous hill located in Cape Town, next to Lions Head and Table Mountain. ...


History

Dias in 1488 first referred to the bay as "the gulf between the mountains" (Schirmer, 1980). The name "False Bay" was applied early on (at least three hundred years ago) by sailors who confused the bay with Table Bay to the north. According to Schirmer, the confusion arose because sailors returning from the east (The Dutch East Indies) initially confounded Cape Point and Cape Hangklip, which are somewhat similar in form. DIAS may mean: Direct Internet Access System Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies Detaşamentul de Intervenţii şi Acţiuni Speciale, a Romanian police rapid response unit Transparency slides, sometimes known as dias film Dias (meaning Days) is also a common surname in the Portuguese language, namely in Portugal and... The Dutch East Indies, or Netherlands East Indies, (Dutch: Nederlands-Indië) was the name of the colonies set up by the Dutch East India Company, which came under administration of the Netherlands during the 19th century (see Indonesia). ...


Climate

The climate is Mediterranean, with warm, dry summers and cool, damp winters. In winter gales and storms from the northwest are common and can be ferocious. False Bay is exposed to southeasterly winds in summer and its waters are approximately 6° C warmer than those of Table Bay, owing to the influence of the warm Agulhas Current. The Agulhas Current is the Western Boundary Current of the South-West Indian Ocean and is part of the westward-flowing South Equatorial Current. ...


Marine life and Recreational Pursuits

Fishing is good in False Bay and at times there are large schools of snoek, an oily, barracuda-like fish that is much sought after locally. Angling from the rocky shores to either side of the bay is very popular but dangerous. The shape of the bay creates interference patterns in the swells that come in from the Southern Ocean and these patterns occasionally combine to cause "killer waves" to rise up without warning and to sweep the sandstone ledges well above the high tide mark. Scores of fishermen have been swept away and drowned over the years but this seems to have done little to dampen enthusiasm for the sport. If looking for other meanings and uses beyond fish please go to Snook Snoek or Snook is used in various forms as the common name used for several species of fish. ... Species See text. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sport fishing. ...


Sailing is also a popular recreational activity in False Bay. The "killer waves" mentioned earlier can wreak havoc with moored sailboats, especially if the moorings are chain based and on the leeward side when the south-easterly winds are howling up the bay. The sailing clubs in False Bay include False Bay Yacht Club in Simon's Town, Fish Hoek Beach Sailing Club at the main beach in Fish Hoek, Gordon's Bay Yacht Club in the Gordon's Bay Harbour, and Hottentots Holland Beach Sailing Club in Strand. For the songs, see Sailing (song). ... the Fougueuse throwing a mooring line. ... Sandy beach with tidal pool along the Beach Road in Strand with Gordons Bay and the Hottentots Holland Mountains in the background Strand (Afrikaans for beach) is a seaside resort town situated on the eastern edge of False Bay and at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains. ...


There is a small granite island in the bay (not discernible in the image above) called Seal Island, which is one of the main breeding sites for the Cape Fur Seal. (Seal Island can be seen in a scan in the article on The Cape Flats). The seals attract many Great White Sharks and some of the biggest sharks ever seen have been spotted in these waters (see "The Submarine (shark)"). These sharks are famous for the manner in which they breach the surface of the water while attacking seals, sometimes jumping entirely out of the ocean. Despite this, swimming, surfing, yachting, SCUBA diving and so on are popular pastimes around the bay, at centres such as Muizenberg, Kalk Bay , Smitswinkel Bay , Strand and Gordon's Bay. Shark attacks are not common but are by no means unknown. Link titleBold text[[Ima == Headline text ==link titleLink titleLink titleLink titleLink titleLink titleLink title ge:Example. ... Binomial name Arcetocephalus pusillus (Schreber, 1775) The Cape Fur Seal (also known as the South African Fur Seal) and the Australian Fur Seal are two subspecies of the Arctocephalus pusillus species of fur seal. ... Landsat image of Cape Town and environs, looking roughly east. ... Binomial name Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus, 1758) Range (in blue) The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), also known as white pointer, white shark, or white death, is an exceptionally large lamniform shark found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans. ... The Submarine is the name given to a particularly large and aggressive Great White Shark that was supposed to have dwelled in False Bay, near Cape Town, South Africa. ... Changing huts for bathers on the beach at Muizenberg. ... Kalk Bay is a fishing village on the coast of False Bay, South Africa and is now a suburb of greater Cape Town. ... Sandy beach with tidal pool along the Beach Road in Strand with Gordons Bay and the Hottentots Holland Mountains in the background Strand (Afrikaans for beach) is a seaside resort town situated on the eastern edge of False Bay and at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains. ... Gordons Bay is a harbour town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, close to Strand. ...


Naval Base at Simon's Town

The famous naval base of Simon's Town is situated on the Bay, about half way down the length of the Cape Peninsula. During the Second World War many heavy guns were dug into concrete bunkers at various points along the mountainous shores of False Bay in order to deter attacks on Simon's Town. The firepower and defensive situation of these weapons were formidable and no attack was ever mounted. The guns were removed decades ago but the decaying bunkers remain. Simons Town Harbour, looking roughly to the south and showing the waters of False Bay Simons Town (also widely written Simonstown and, in Afrikaans, Simonstad), is a village and a naval base in South Africa, near Cape Town. ... The Cape Peninsula, also known as the Peninsula of the Cape of Good Hope, is a 75 km peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ...


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Development and Human Impact

Although urban development of the coast is intense along some parts of False Bay, much of the shoreline remains relatively wild and unspoiled. The bulk of the development is residential; there is little heavy industry. There are a few exceptions, however: one of the largest dynamite factories in the world lies near the beach towards the wild and uninhabited eastern end of the bay. The nitroglycerine plant at this installation blew up twice in the second half of the 20th Century and sent massive shockwaves across the bay, breaking windows and rattling walls on the distant shores. False Bay is remarkably poor in natural harbours. Almost all protection for shipping and yachts has been created by artificial means (e.g. at Kalkbaai, Simon's Town and Gordon's Bay). Dynamite is an explosive based on the explosive potential of nitroglycerin using diatomaceous earth (Kieselguhr) as an adsorbent. ... Nitroglycerin (also nitroglycerine, trinitroglycerin, or glyceryl trinitrate) is a chemical compound, a heavy, colorless, poisonous, oily, explosive liquid obtained by nitrating glycerol. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999...


References

Schirmer, P. 1980. The concise illustrated South African Encyclopaedia. Central News Agency, Johannesburg. First edition, about 211pp.


Coordinates: 27°59′S 32°23′E Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...



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Open water swimming in Cape Town, South Africa. FALSE BAY (385 words)
False Bay is a natural bay that stretches along the peninsula's eastern coastline from the Cape of Good hope Nature Reserve at Cape Point to Cape Hangklip.
It was named "False Bay" when early navigators mistook Cape Hangklip for Cape Point, which resulted in many shipwrecks in the bay with its strong cross winds and rocky routes.
The False Bay Iron Man Swimming Challenge which takes place in mid-January every year, is an 11km swim from Simonstown to Muizenberg, a cossing that has been done by many swimmers as part of the annual event, or as a solo challenge.
False Bay: Information from Answers.com (916 words)
False Bay (Afrikaans Valsbaai) is a body of water defined by the Cape Peninsula (the finger-like projection on the right in the accompanying satellite image) and Cape Hangklip (Dutch: "Hang-stone") to the left (east).
False Bay is exposed to southeasterly winds in summer and its waters are approximately 6° C warmer than those of Table Bay, owing to the influence of the warm Agulhas Current.
Fishing is good in False Bay and at times there are large schools of snoek, an oily, barracuda-like fish that is much sought after locally.
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